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Application of model-based engineering in supervisory controller development leads to better systems in a shorter amount of time, when supported by proper theory and tools."

Research profile

Bert van Beek is Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at the TU/e. His research is oriented towards modeling, interactive simulation-based validation and visualization, supervisory control synthesis, and real-time controller code-generation for hybrid industrial systems. He is one of the founders of and major contributors to the CIF formalism and toolset, developed in several European projects. This toolset supports the entire development process of controllers, including specification, supervisory controller synthesis, simulation-based validation and visualization, verification, real-time testing, and code generation.

Academic background

Bert (D.A.) van Beek graduated with distinction as Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the TU/e in 1985. Soon thereafter, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, where he received his PhD degree in 1993. He has been active in several international projects, such as the HYCON 1 (member of executive committee) and 2 (work package leader) EU networks of excellence, and the EU FP7 projects C4C and Multiform (both as work package leader).

Research Output 1993 2018

Model-based design of baggage handling systems

Swartjes, L., 13 Sep 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 117 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Model-based design of supervisory controllers for baggage handling systems

Swartjes, L., van Beek, D. A., Fokkink, W. J. & van Eekelen, J. A. W. M., 1 Nov 2017, In : Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. 78, p. 28-50 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Baggage handling
Model-based Design
Formal Model
2 Citations (Scopus)

Why is my supervisor empty? : finding causes for the unreachability of states in synthesized supervisors

Swartjes, L., Reniers, M. A., Van Beek, D. A. & Fokkink, W. J., 22 Jun 2016, 2016 13th International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems, WODES 2016, 30 May - 1 June, Xián, China. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 14-21 8 p. Mo_1_A.3

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Supervisory personnel
Supervisory Control

Coordination control of complex machines

Baeten, J. C. M., Beek, van, D. A., Markovski, J. & Somers, L. J. A. M., 2015, Coordination Control of Distributed Systems. Schuppen, van, J. H. & Villa, T. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 61-68 (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences; vol. 456)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Supervisory personnel
Systems engineering
Large scale systems

Supervisory control in health care systems

Theunissen, R. J. M., 2015, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 117 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access


Engineering Design

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Student theses

A comparative study of conventional and pipeless batch plants

Author: van de Wijdeven, P., 30 Nov 1997

Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1), Drinkenburg, A. (Supervisor 2) & van Beek, D. (Coach)

Student thesis: Master


Basis software en een GKS Driver voor een grafische kaart in een UNIX systeem

Author: van Beek, D., 31 Dec 1985

Supervisor: Heetman, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Chaotic behaviour of production systems

Author: Schmitz, J., 31 Dec 1999

Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1) & van Beek, D. (Coach)

Student thesis: Master

Design aspects of the hybrid Chi process algebra

Author: Jansen, N., 31 Dec 2003

Supervisor: Rooda, J. (Supervisor 1), van Beek, D. (Supervisor 2) & Schiffelers, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Design of a model-based controller for baggage handling systems with data tracking

Author: Zwijgers, T., 30 Apr 2015

Supervisor: Fokkink, W. (Supervisor 1), van Beek, D. (Supervisor 2), Swartjes, L. (Supervisor 2), van Eekelen, J. (External coach) & Hommels, R. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master